Breed Guide: Balinese
Posted on September 29, 2014 under Cat Articles
Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Balinese
Weight: 6-11 lb
Points of conformation: Angular body with large ears and head is elongated and tapered to a fine muzzle and long straight nose. Delicate paws and thin tapered tail.
Coat: Semi-long single layered, fine, and silky.
Color: Dark face mask, blue, chocolate, lilac and seal point colors are recognized.
Grooming needs: Low to moderate with a low matting tendency.
Origin: California and New York in the 1950s
Behavior Traits: Highly intelligent, bordering on aloof.
Is a Balinese cat right for You?
This breed was originally called a long-haired Siamese before they were recognized as their own breed, therefore they share a lot of the same breed characteristics as the Siamese. They tend to be less vocal and more soft-voiced than Siamese, and they also are slightly less active and are content to be a lap cat. They are highly social and aren’t well-suited to an outdoor lifestyle.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Balinese
According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Most Expensive Claim|
|Urinary Tract Infection||$627||$1,272|
|Oral Resorptive Lesions||$1,232||$1,232|
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